Courtesy Cherokee Nation/YouTube
Born in Stilwell, Oklahoma in 1928, Cherokee Elder Eva Mae Fourkiller Comando remembers sledding and rope swinging with her siblings.

Video: Cherokee Elder Talks Softball, Rope Swings, and Hidden Candy

ICTMN Staff
4/24/16

Cherokee Elder Eva Mae Fourkiller Comando was born in Stilwell, Oklahoma in 1928. Of her seven brothers, only two of them are still with us; she also has two sisters who are 20 years younger than her.

She started school at 5 years old speaking nothing but Cherokee, but said she learned English pretty quickly. “I speak Cherokee today, I probably don’t speak it right, but I do well enough that you can understand me.”

She says their family never had a doctor. “We were healthy, we ate what we farmed.” And when it was time to butcher, it was always pigs, she didn’t try a hamburger until later in life, and she didn’t care for it.

“We had to make all our fun,” she says in the video. She tells viewers how her grandfather made a sled for the kids. “We’d play softball, but then the whole community would get involved, so that was fun.”

“We only had a rope swing, and we’d get into fights over that, so my dad took it down,” she says.

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